Two Irish Novelists Make the International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

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Literary Award 2018Two novels by Irish authors and six novels in translation are among the 10 shortlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award.  The two novels by Irish authors are The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack; the six novels in translation hail from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea, while the remaining two come  from South Africa and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000. The award, sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by the City Library Service. was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 23rd year.

Award Shortlist 2018

The shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue) are:

  1. Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky (Ukrainian/German) Translated from the German by Tim Mohr. Published by Europa Editions.
  2. The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (Mexican) Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman. Published by And Other Stories.
  3. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw. Published by MacLehose Press.
  4. Human Acts by Han Kang (South Korean) Translated from Korean by Deborah Smith. Published by Portobello Books and Random House, USA.
  5. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Irish) Published by Faber & Faber.
  6. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Irish) Published by Tramp Press.
  7. Distant Light  by Antonio Moresco (Italian) Translated from Italian by Richard Dixon. Published by Archipelago Books.
  8. Ladivine  by Marie Ndiaye (French) Translated from French by Jordan Stump. Published by MacLehose Press.
  9. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (South African/Nigerian/Barbadian) Published by Chatto & Windus.
  10.  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (American) Published by Penguin, UK

The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the USA’, said Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Ardmhéara, Mícheál Mac Donncha , Patron of the Award. ‘This is the beauty of this award; it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2018 shortlist by Eimear McBride and Mike McCormack’.

‘The 2018 winner will be chosen from this diverse international shortlist which includes six novels in translation from French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Korean. The novels come from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, South Korea and the USA’, said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. ‘Issues of violence and crime, isolation and reconciliation, identity and family are set in contrasting urban and rural landscapes. For readers, these stories reveal unfamiliar cultures and countries through memorable characters and their literary narratives.’

The five member international judging panel, chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by Lord Mayor, Ardmhéara, Mícheál Mac Donncha, Patron of the Award, on Wednesday 13th June.

The Lord Mayor reminded Dubliners that they can borrow the shortlisted novels from Dublin City Public Libraries. ‘Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 13th June, when I announce the winner.’

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For further information, including details of the judging panel, read the full press release on the Award website.

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